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Forum topic by JohnChung posted 45 days ago 442 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JohnChung

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45 days ago

How many actually own an axe and use it for carpentry? I can’t seem to find a good use for it. My work involves cabinets and boxes with the occasion workbench.


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 45 days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/61513

Here’s another thread on the same subject.

No serviceable axe here as of yet.

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knockknock

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#2 posted 45 days ago

I have a Vaughan broad hatchet I am playing with. After many hours of filing and sharpening by hand it does have an edge, but needs more work.

Anyway, I have used it to knock the bark off a piece from some road kill I have (tree crotch left by the side of the road after the good parts for firewood were taken).

Theoretically if you are into hand tool woodworking some uses are:

Debarking and hewing a log.
Splitting a log for usable wood.
Splitting scrap for cauls.
Splitting scrap for making dowels in a dowel plate.
Instead of ripping a board to width, depending on the board and amount to rip, it might be quicker to split or hew it to width.

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MrRon

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#3 posted 45 days ago

I’ve used a half hatchet to remove wood, not by chopping, but by using a slicing action like you would with a chisel. The edge has to be sharp. A typical job would be to remove a “hump” in the edge of a 2×4. It can get into places a plane can’t.

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 45 days ago

Take a look at Peter Follansbee. For green wood furniture making, it’s indispensable.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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bigblockyeti

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#5 posted 45 days ago

I have a single bit axe that I use primarily for peeling bark off logs, though it does have a longer handle (~ 34”) so it works for splitting when the need arises.

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poopiekat

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#6 posted 44 days ago

I’ve seen videos of finely honed axes used as lathe tools. They’ll smooth down a rough turning when held obliquely against the toolrest.

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derosa

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#7 posted 44 days ago

I have a decent one, it’s sharp enough to slice my finger every time I reach into the toolbox without looking first. I have a log I plan to split and turn into a pair or rising pans for bread dough but it doesn’t get too much work. May get more workout if I try my hand at the mini totem my daughter wants.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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Robert Tutsky

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#8 posted 44 days ago

I have a forged Fuller hatchet that I sharpened razor sharp that is indispensable for splitting the edge off of a small log section. I just whack the hatchet with a sledge, then clamp it to a plywood sled and square it up using a band saw. I have access to a huge pile of cherry and maple short logs. The hatchet works great for that.

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